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Politicians look to beef up security in public housing projects

Crime in city-run developments jumped 31 percent since 2009

April 07, 2014 12:40PM

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From left: Letitia James and Ritchie Torres (Credit: William Alatriste)

From left: Ritchie Torres (Credit: Williams Alatriste) and Letitia James

Some politicians are pushing for more security features and police officers at public housing projects after a news report revealed an alarming spike in criminal activity in the city-run buildings.

Major crimes — a category which counts assaults, robberies, and grand larcenies — rose 31 percent since 2009 in developments run by the New York City Housing Authority, according to the New York Daily News. Comparatively, crime has increased citywide by 3.3 percent over the same period, the paper reported.

With that in mind, Public Advocate Letitia James and Council member Ritchie Torres have asked the Police Department to post more cops on duty, as well as install better street lighting, an intercom system to manage residence access and more security cameras.

Crime has long been an issue at NYCHA housing. The agency took some heat last year for holding up funds allocated for new security cameras in high-crime buildings, as previously reported. NYCHA has made a dent in delayed apartment repairs, however, reducing the backlog to 106,000 orders. [NYDN]Angela Hunt

  • NO to buzzers and intercoms

    intercom access, really?

    the buzzer and intercom systems have played a part in many recent aparfment building crimes in recent months.

    Are they serious?

    People are not only buzzing in criminals but letting them walk in behind them in many of the crimes reported on dnainfo

    I have collected over a dozen articles in the last few months alone on this subject. Who do I send them to at NYCHA?

  • marknroses

    suddenly, former Mayor Bloomberg looks like he was ahead on this issue (among others)

  • NYC and NYS has no justice

    Why would criminals target NYCHA buildings? Concentration of Xboxes?

    Or are they saying that NYCHA has some tenants who are criminals?

    http://www.newdestinyhousing.org/get-help/nycha-criminal-background-ineligibility

    Where are the tenant advocacy groups? Are they going to stand up for these discriminated tenants singled out because they are criminals?

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